A wonderful documentary, educational for a new generation and packed with nostalgia for those of us born pre 1980.
Using archival footage and audio recordings, combined with recent interviews and reenactments, Poi E - The Story of Our Song takes us back to a far simpler time in a small town, Patea, a town that for a brief moment captured the musical imagination of the world.
Back in the early 80s the community of Patea was on the edge of extinction. The life blood of the town, the meat works, was about to close leaving huge uncertainty for everyone who lived there. Enter Dalvanius Prime (yes gen-y that is his real name, not a transformer). A musician with a drive to create a sound that was closer to his cultural roots yet takes advantage of the soul and R&B skills he had developed over 10 years prior.
This film is as much about the life of Dalvanius and his personal search for cultural identity as it is the impact Poi E had on Patea and New Zealand culture as a whole.
Poi E - The Story of Our Song is packed with laughs as towns folk reminisce about the ridiculousness of creating a maori based pop song, the challenges it brought and the success it attracted.
Anecdotal conversations with artists and entertainers including Taika Waititi, The Topp Twins, Stan Walker and others share stories of how the song inspired and impacted them or even just created a tent pole moment in the soundtrack of their lives.
It's an emotional ride, a historical ride and a ride well worth taking. Well paced, well shot and a great look into a moment of New Zealand's recent history that also serves as an intriguing look into how far we’ve come socially as a nation.
This is the third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, after the incredibly successful Star Trek (2009) and the not so successful Star Trek Into Darkness. More importantly this is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
This rebooted of the classic 1984 Ghostbusters was marred with controversy from the very beginning. The horrendous sexism that was spewed at the production after the initial announcement of an all female cast, including death threats, was horrific and created an atmosphere of negativity around the film.
Starring: Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) & Hugh Jackman (Everything, just everything, not Samuel L. Jackson everything but you should really know who he is by now) Rated: PG contains language & sexual references Dur: 106 mins
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Roger Waters is bringing his US + THEM tour to New Zealand this week, performing two shows at Auckland's Spark Arena on Wednesday Jan 24 & Friday Jan 26, before heading to Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday Jan 30.
Central Otago was on song today, when the annual nationwide Summer Concert Tour kicked off in Queenstown with international music artists Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, Alanis Morissette and The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra performing to a 18,000 strong sell-out crowd at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.